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Christmas Looming

Another belt of rain has come just in time to keep gardening and planting activity front and centre for those that are looking to get down and active in their backyard space.

Long may it continue, and perhaps point a direction to answer that question of what to get my beloved partner/aunty/uncle/brother /sister/grandparent for Christmas.

Bags of fertilizer and potting mix have been known to elicit reactions of happiness and joy, but this could go horribly pear shaped for those not appreciative of such a practical thought.

The skill of giving is all in knowing those that are about to receive very well!


Christmas is looming

Talking Of Going Pear Shaped

It would seem that Sir Michael Cullen and his Tax Working Group are working on how to tax the capital gains made by small business.
Possibly an easier target than imposing a capital gains tax on the private home, but one which is sure to get a lot of kickback.

It would seem that the Tax Working Group's (TWG) preferred method for introducing such a tax would be to create a "valuation day" after which all assets captured by a new tax would immediately be taxable. You can imagine that huge compliance costs would be incurred with all businesses needing to be professionally valued on a given day.

Valuing things like commercial property is as easy as valuing your home, just look up the rateable value. But valuing a business, especially small businesses, can be much harder.

Much is tied up in the knowledge and contacts of the key employees, which is very tough to put a price on.

Think of your own nursery business then think of the above! It can be a daunting thought, and I am only focusing on the valuation process.


Sir Michael Cullen

To Be Aware Of

Wai 262 (which included claims over flora and fauna), one of the broadest claims to be put before the Waitangi tribunal, resulted in recommendations being submitted by the tribunal to the government in 2011.

The government basically agreed to consider the recommendations and implement after due consideration.

We seem to be getting to the pointy end of the "consideration" in some areas. Specifically Plant Variety Rights.

Matters of concern to those that hold PVR over NZ native plants would include that the Tribunal endorses a reform to remove "discovered" varieties from PVR protection.

It would seem that say a "Pohutakawa" presumably a Metrosideros excelsa that was granted protection due to its observed large flowers and compact growth, but was essentially discovered not bred would in the future not be eligible for PVR.

Tweaking the rules to exclude "discovered" NZ native plants is one thing but to remove pre-existing Plant Variety Rights raises a step up in complication and implication.

What does this mean for the right holder? Presumably, they will be compensated by the crown for their loss, but I have seen no discussion on this.

I do suggest that if you are involved in PVR in respect to any plant that is indigenous to NZ you read about WAI 262 and consider taking part in the consultation that is happening around the country.

If you are a NZPPI (NZ Plant Producers Incorporated) member then get on the phone and register your interest so that they are aware of your concerns and direct their response on your behalf.


Other thoughts For Christmas

Scientists say that it is time for a "serious chat" on genetic engineering, which has moved on technically since the days of major protests. This possibility certainly has much to recommend itself in terms of plant health and safety when you think of gene-editing such as the CRISPR technique which can regulate a switch on the gene to turn it on or off. Nature does it all the time so it is a small modification but might result in a more resilient plant, not requiring any other (chemical) protection to ward off a particular pest or disease. This has to be of interest to a country so focused on biosecurity.

Despite all the food for thought above, growing plants remains a great and rewarding occupation that gives satisfaction and brings a smile to most. Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas.

Merry Christmas!
Malcolm and the Lyndale Team


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